Mercedes-Benz G-Class Grand Edition

For the third time the legendary G-Class has been successful in the "Off-Road Vehicle of the Year 2006" vote by readers of the well-known motoring magazine OFF ROAD. The old-stager in the four-wheel drive market was able to triumph over its rivals in the "Classic" category. This latest victory reaffirms the model strategy of Mercedes-Benz, which is just as unique as the classic off-roader itself: the G-Class has retained its striking body shape and stable foundations in unchanged form since 1979. At the same time constant evolution has kept the "G" at the technical forefront. Neither is there an end to this success story in sight, as the new special model Grand Edition demonstrates. Alongside the M-Class and the new GL Class, the G-Class will continue to take its place in the Mercedes-Benz range of highly capable off-roaders.

In line with the decision to continue production of this classic off-roader even after 26 years, Mercedes-Benz is introducing the exclusive special model "Grand Edition". Dr. Klaus Maier, the Executive Board member responsible for sales and marketing at Mercedes Car Group: "Our G-Class impressively combines classic off-road vehicle values with the very latest automobile technology. The new special model Grand Edition is an ambassador for the outstanding career of this modern-day classic." Available only with a long wheelbase and V8-engines, the models in this special series are the G 500 with 296 hp and the G 400 CDI with 250 hp. All versions are available with the optional special paint finish "allanite grey magno". In contrast to conventional metallic paintwork, a clear topcoat protects the surface and lends an exclusive appearance to the "Grand Edition" models. Additional features include brushed aluminium trim strips with integrated "Grand Edition" lettering. The interior atmosphere is no less exclusive. Specifically for this special series – and in line with the inherent charm of the G-Class – the upholstery is of open-pored, non-embossed natural leather. Other interior features include matte-silk wood trim on the dashboard and centre console, as well as illuminated door sills with "Grand Edition" lettering

Source: Mercedes-Benz press

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